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Hoboken mayoral candidate files ethics complaint against opponent

first_img ×Councilman Michael DeFusco Councilman Michael DeFusco HOBOKEN – Hoboken mayoral candidate and Councilman Michael DeFusco filed an official ethics complaint against mayoral candidate and At-large Councilman Ravi Bhalla on Oct. 16.The complaint stems from a 2014 vote Bhalla cast in favor of a redevelopment plan of NJ Transit’s Hoboken Yards property.The possible conflict is the law firm Bhalla works for, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhart & Fader, was paid over $168,000 that same year by their client NJ Transit.New Jersey’s local government ethics law states no local government officer or employee shall act in his official capacity in any matter where he, a member of his immediate family, or a business organization in which he has an interest, has a direct or indirect financial or personal involvement that might reasonably be expected to impair his objectivity or independence of judgment.“Hoboken residents deserve to know that their elected officials are free of any conflicts and only have their best interests in mind when they make decisions, but Ravi Bhalla has proven again and again that he can’t meet that standard,” said DeFusco in the press release. “A long-time elected official and attorney like Bhalla should know better than to expose himself and Hoboken taxpayers to this kind of liability.”“This is yet the latest desperate political stunt by Mike DeFusco, who is earning a well deserved reputation as the most negative campaigner in the history of Hoboken,” said Rob Horowitz, spokesperson for Ravi Bhalla for Mayor. “Filing a complaint about a nearly unanimous vote from three years ago, just three weeks before Election Day speaks for itself. The facts are Councilman Bhalla has never represented NJ Transit and since he is not an equity partner, he did not and does not personally benefit in any way from the firm’s representation of NJ Transit, which are on personal injury cases having nothing to do with Hoboken politics and government.”Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, who has endorsed Council President Jen Giattino for mayor, filed a complaint on the following day on Oct. 17 with the Hoboken City Clerk and Corporation Counsel’s offices stating that DeFusco has violated Hoboken’s local laws which limit political contributions from PAC’s and committees to $500.For more information on that complaint go tohttps://tinyurl.com/ycr6y9ealast_img read more